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Imam Qatanani March 3, 2008

Posted by uberhim in Uncategorized.
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Muslim Leader Faces Deportation

One of the state’s most influential and high-profile Muslim leaders is facing deportation along with his wife and children.

Immigration officials are refusing to grant permanent residency to Imam Mohammad Qatanani, who came to the United States in 1996 on a religious work visa.

They say Qatanani, the imam for the Islamic Center of Passaic County, failed to disclose in his green card application a 1993 Israeli Military Court conviction against him for “assisting Hamas,” according to his attorney.

[Hat-tip to SC]

Update: The Associated Press is reporting that a trial is scheduled for May in Newark.

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